Saturday 4th February 2006
Watch out for Fethard’s new ‘Knitting Café’
The initial meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th February at 7.30pm. If you are interested in being part of the organising group come along and enjoy a cup of coffee, a homemade scone, and an exchange of ideas. We will make decisions on when we will start and how best to cater for he needs of as wide a range of knitters as possible. Looking forward to seeing you at Kenny's, The Green.
Badgers Over 30's soccer
Patrician / Presentation Secondary School Jottings
Work Experience During the week of 30 January 3 February, Transition Year students will do their second term of work experience. They have already completed one week of work experience, which took place in November last year and all participants found it to be an enjoyable and beneficial experience.
Athletics Three students from the school participated in a cross-country race on 26th January: Laura Rice, Eoin Healy and Adam O’Donnell. Laura finished in 12th place in her under-15 race, Eoin finished 7th in the under-14s and Adam 8th in the same race.
Volleyball This week both the school’s Cadet B boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams will compete in the national semifinals. The girls’ team, captained by Carrie Sweeney, will take on Mountmellick on Tuesday 31st January, in the sports complex, University of Limerick. On Wednesday 1st February, the boys’ team will meet Drumshanbo in Mountmellick.
Captain Declan Doyle said with enthusiasm, “If the team continue to work hard at training, we will have a good chance of winning.” Best of luck to both teams.
Open Night On Tuesday 7th February, there will be an ‘Open Night’ taking place in our school from 7pm to 8.30pm. Senior primary school pupils, their parents and the general public are welcome to attend. The school will soon celebrate the opening of its newly renovated science labs, offering a full range of subjects to higher Leaving Cert level and providing the pupils with a truly holistic education.
The atmosphere was electric from the start. The home crowd were buzzing with expectation, and were treated to an unforgettable performance that evening. The first run of the day was cheered on supporters behind the West Stand.
A ticketless supporter risked loosing his manhood if he slipped, as he scaled the spiked railings in his attempt to enter the stadium for free. Once over he had to jump from a high wall and cross the back pitch in full view of the stewards, crowd and security. He sprinted for the corner. But waiting for him behind the RTE broadcast van was a security man in his day glow jacket. He was about to be halted in his tracks, but then the Thomond crowd got behind him. He heard their shouts, did a quick side step and altered his run. He reached the line of fans before the official reached him and headed to the bar for his victory celebration.
Those fans were only warming up for the serious work that lay ahead, and they were duly rewarded when Munster destroyed the men from Manchester. The hunt is already on for tickets to the next match, the quarterfinal against Perpignan. Let’s hope that the Fethard fans don’t have to resort to scaling the spiked railings. If they do, I advise bringing a saddle, a rope ladder and a balaclava. If they get caught, the worst that can happen is that they could be thrown out. Intact.
Moving on to Bawnbrack, the last draw of the day provided another excellent hunt. Hounds had their fox quickly away from here. Crossing the road at Kilkennybeg bearing left-handed he ran over the hill to the Ballylusky road at Shanakyle. Turning left here he ran to Ballylusky where hard pressed he again swung left-handed and running by the Ballylusky-Killenaule road he re-crossed the Kilkennybeg road to where he was found. Hounds were still hunting strongly on this good fox when stopped at almost 5pm.
With the White Heathers
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers met last Sunday, 29th January, at Ballingarry and next week, 5th February in Ballylusky at 11am.
Fethard Ladies Football
Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday next, 1st February we play the second round of the Club Championship.
Anyone looking for a partner please contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052 31862.
Fethard GAA Club News
Best of luck to our players involved with the Tipperary senior football team who commence the national league away to Sligo on this coming Sunday 5th February.
The lotto jackpot of €4,700 was not won. Then umbers drawn in Lonergans Bar were 2, 12, 21 and 28. We had one match three winner of €150 to Ber Flanagan, Knockbritt, Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Ricky Flynn, Tullow, Fethard.
Our sympathy are at this time with the Morrissey family, Tullamaine, on the death of Dominic Connolly, Clonmel, husband of Mary Morrissey. Go ndeanai Dhia trocaire ar an ainmeachta.
‘Book of the Year’ award presented in Fethard
Presenting the award at the Abymill Theatre, Terry Cunningham from the Historical Society, reminded the audience how the political system in the past had granted land and houses to the dominant group of the time; existing owners and occupiers were forced to forfeit their property to a new group of people. As a result many of the dispossessed were forced into a new way of livelihood or poverty, or were forced to migrate, and some in turn did to the indigenous peoples of the new lands what had been done to them. He spoke of the real emotional issues that affected these dispossessed people during those turbulent times we now view, somewhat dispassionately.
David Butler, who comes from Cahir, where the book had recently been officially launched, chose to outline his own approach and development of his subject, how his integration of history and geography came about as he sought to outline and describe the differing political and religious groupings that vied for the ultimate prize, ie. the ownership of land during the period of time that his study covers. In an interesting aside, he informed the audience that he had not studied history for his Leaving Certificate but had finished with double honours in history and geography for his degree in UCC. As an indication of the amount of work involved he spent nine months compiling the maps for this book.
By all accounts it is reported that this book is an excellent academic account of the movement of people and of the major political upheavals in this area during the 270 years prior to the famine. It will serve as a great reference book for many people who wish to know what happened to land ownership and the reasons for the tension between the different Christian groups as they politically sought ownership of land and influence. David Butler was presented with a specially commissioned ceramic platter which featured a representation of the actual cover of his book, an early drawing of Cahir Castle at the foot of a quiet majestic Himalayan mountain range, better known as the Galtees. Generous refreshments were followed by a short concert given by John Birmingham and Evan Grace. These two fine musicians, with three others, are giving a concert in the Abymill on Friday, 3rd March. It was an intimate night to honour a historian and to acknowledge a work of the highest achievement and to celebrate David Butler's great success for this beautiful published work that is now available for us all to read.
Maureen Murphy, 18 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard;
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
The Late Sean Henehan
Sean's remains left Our Lady's Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6, for Fethard, on Saturday 28th January. Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Parlour, Fethard, followed by removal to Holy Trinity Parish Church. Requiem Mass took place at 11am on Sunday, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Young Writer Competition
1 You are Blessed William Tirry writing about how it felt to be a wanted man; being sought out like a criminal; how you survived while in hiding.
2 You are a journalist who interviews Blessed William while in captivity. Record your questions and his answers.
3 You feel Blessed William has left his mark on the Fethard you know today. How?
4 You are Blessed William writing your thoughts on the night before your execution. What are your hopes and prayers for Ireland?
Entries are welcome from:
Category A: Fifth & Sixth class Primary students. Closing date 17th Feb. '06.
All entries on A4 paper please. Please attach to the back of your work, on a separate sheet, your name, class/year and school address. The signature of a parent/guardian or teacher as being your original work. Please submit your entry to your teacher for collection (local schools) or deliver to The Augustinian Priory, Abbey Street, Fethard.